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Sherman Heights Bakery Brings More Sweets and Eats to Hamden 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Town of Hamden will welcome a new location for a familiar business in the near future. After opening its initial baked goods production facility in 1998 in Hamden, Sherman Heights Bakery is planning to open a retail bakery storefront at 2784 Whitney Avenue in 2019.
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Focus on Small Business: The Public Adjuster 

Friday, June 22, 2018
The Town of Hamden is pleased to focus this month on one of Hamden’s more successful small businesses The Public’s Adjuster.
The Public’s Adjuster, owned by Todd Moler, opened its doors in Hamden in July of 2011 at the location of the iconic former Kamp and Neilson building at 2935 Dixwell Avenue across from Town Hall. The Public Adjuster’s office could not be located in a better spot. It is at a vital intersection at the corner of Dixwell and Whitney. Coming from either of these two major roads it is hard to miss. The Public’s Adjuster is recognized by the Connecticut Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (CAPIA) and is a member of the Better Business Bureau, receiving an A+ rating. According to their website: “The mission of The Public’s Adjuster LLC is to support and represent the interests of individuals filing insurance claims, to help them receive a fair and accurate settlement”. Todd’s business currently employs 15 people and he is in the process of adding one more. He believes that locating his business in Hamden has been the key to its success because the town provides a good business environment. “It’s a big town and a small town at the same time”.

As an independent company, Todd’s business represents the interests of insurance policy holders and fights for proper compensation for their insurance claims. Moler owned his own antique home restoration company for 15 years and then went on to work in the insurance industry as a high-value property adjuster for 16 years. Near the end of his time working for the insurance carrier, he began to argue against some of the company’s decisions. He had enough and decided to leave the company to represent individuals and fight against the very people he used to work for. During his time in the insurance industry Todd realized that while he was representing the insurance company in the claims that clients brought forward, they did not have any representation and nobody was looking out for their interests. With this realization Todd started his business, The Public’s Adjuster.
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Hamden High DECA Program Success at State and International Competitions 

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Hamden High School again has demonstrated the success of their impeccable program after winning top honors at the State and International level.
Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA for short, is an international organization that “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world”. The program offers a real hands-on approach to learning and prepares students for success in both college and in their future careers. Along with competitions, the Hamden program runs a school store that helps to raise money for charity. The faculty leader of the program, Bryan Anderson, says that the program “lets the students come out with a solid basic background in business studies so that they are more prepared when they go off to college”. Bryan started off working for GE working in a management training program. He was about to get a big promotion when he decided to become an educator. When Hamden started the DECA program 20 years ago, they offered Bryan a position. Since he took control, Hamden High School has found a lot of success. In the time that Hamden High has offered DECA, 367 students have won at the state level and the program has even achieved 2 First Place awards at the international level. Around the world, 19,000 high school students presented their projects across 50 different events.
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A Very Busy Summer in the Highwood/Newhall Community 

Friday, June 15, 2018
The Town is getting ready for a busy summer at the old middle school. There will be significant progress made in the community on several approved projects.
“Our goal is to ensure, to the best of our ability, that the public knows there will be a lot of positive progress made in the Highwood/Newhall neighborhoods this summer. We plan to have letters sent out to all households in the neighborhood notifying residents of upcoming work and expected community improvements.” said Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng.
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Article- Community Lending and the Startup Slum in CT 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This is a great article by Hamden’s Armando Rodriguez or arod (ee cummings style) to his friends, who is the Chair and Professor of the Economics Department at the University of New Haven. He is also advisor to the UNH Economics Collective. In addition to his always entertaining writing style, arod makes some spot on points in his latest article for the Collective about the power of Community Banks and to us economic developers more importantly, how overlooked (my opinion) really small businesses are. Over 70% of Hamden’s businesses has under 10 employees and over 80% with under 20 employees. We have developed a Solopreneur (i.e. home based business) Cluster http://www.hamden-ct.com/Content/Business_Cluster_Program.asp
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Northeast Alliance Surgery Center to Open in Hamden 

Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Town of Hamden is pleased to announce that the North East Alliance Surgery Center is expected to open at 2080 Whitney Avenue. It is at the location of the former St Raphael’s surgery center that closed several years ago. The Northeast Alliance Surgery Center will open in the fall of 2018 with Surgical Care Affiliates. The Northeast Alliance Surgery Center will provide a setting for surgeons to perform outpatient appropriate spine, orthopedic, and pain procedures. The project is led by Dr. James Yue, a renowned spine surgeon with the Yale School of Medicine. The surgery center will be largely owned by a group of local physicians with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), an ASC management company, owning a portion of the entity. NEASC will bring 20 full-time jobs to Hamden during its first year of operation. "North East Alliance Surgery Center will provide safe, innovative, high volume ambulatory surgical care with an added focus on optimizing patient postoperative recovery and outcomes," said Founder James J. Yue, MD. "We look forward to collaborating with local hospitals and university medical and allied health schools to enhance ambulatory surgical education and create jobs."
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JA Bar and Grill Opens on 1372 Dixwell Avenue 

Monday, May 7, 2018
JA Bar & Grill is located at 1372 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT. JA Bar & Grill will become a landmark and destination for locals and visitors of Hamden. When it comes to authentic Jamaican and American cuisine, no other can compare. JA Bar and Grill is the place to be for the finest Jamaican and American food where we serve mouthwatering delectable food and offer a memorable dining experience. From succulent oxtails to finger licking good jerk wing, all served with the freshest ingredients. JA Bar & Grill has a wonderful atmosphere and is the most desirable venue for people in the Hamden and New Haven area
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Progress Made at Former Middle School 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
PROGRESS MADE AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE There will soon be a small but a significant step towards the redevelopment of the former middle school site. Contractors are wrapping up the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous materials in the auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation has managed the project and has been working with BL Companies and Wiese Construction since January with the goal of the demolition of this building and removal of pavement around it. It also includes the attached hallway to the main classroom building. The estimated project cost will be $500,000 and is being paid for entirely by a grant secured by HEDC from the State Department of Economic and Community Development.
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Uptown Consignment Moves to Hamden 

Friday, April 20, 2018
Uptown Consignment has been voted #1 Consignment store for 23 years in a row. Uptown Consignment has been in business since 1991 and takes pride in its customer service. They have over 95,000 consignors from all over Connecticut, New York and Western Massachusetts. The have locations in Rocky Hill, South Windsor and Southington in addition to their new Mt. Carmel location. A grand opening is slated for May 5th.
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Little Rabbit Baking Company Opens in Spring Glen 

Friday, April 13, 2018
At Little Rabbit Baking Co. they bake everything from scratch with a focus on gluten free items. French inspired treats and custom order availability. They are now open at 1648 Whitney Avenue, in the heart of Spring Glen from Tuesday-Saturday 7-3 pm

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